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Jet Set: Italy

Jet Set: Italy

"La dolce vida."

These three words sum up Italy very nicely. Italy's sweet life of fashion, beautiful vineyards, and hospitable locals make the country spectacular. If you're planning on taking a trip over the pond to visit this place or just wine connoisseurs who dream of it, we have some tips that will definitely make your trip wonderful.

1.  Wear comfortable shoes!

A lot of old Italian streets haven't been paved in... well ever. Most streets are still cobblestone, so make sure you dress accordingly! 

                                      
Amanda Summer Slip-on Sneaks ($28) Abby White & Gold Sandals ($20) 

We recommend wearing something flat for old cities. The sneakers also make a good option for rainy days! But, both of these simple flats make great travel companions to accompany colorful outfits. 

2. Italy summer is hot, like really hot

Guys, we're not kidding. Italian cities can reach up to 95º on summer days and in the north it's humid too. So, don't expect to escape the Ohio River Valley humidity over there. Pack your sunglasses and sunscreen and wear light fabrics to help ease the pain.

  Floral Ruffle Sleeve Shift Dress ($40)

This dress is a super light weight fabric, so it's perfect for Italian summers. If you don't like the navy option, there is also a light pink one too. This dress is also a shift dress and you know what that means... you can eat all the pasta you want because no one will be able to tell. 

3. Drink a lot of wine

 You know we're always ready for some good wine. Especially Italian wine! Pack these wine essentials or just pretend you're in Italy already with these picks. 

First, read up on your wines with Kate Spade and Jancis Robinson.

($27.50) ($12.95)

Then, pack the supplies.

Save Water Drink Rose Glass ($16)
Drink Pink Glass ($16)

Check out these and more on our website or in the store!

Good luck with all your Italy travels!

Ciao!

Until next time, 

xoxo,

Dress & Dwell

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Jet Set: London

Jet Set: London

We have a very important question for you, dolls: are you ready to go international? Follow us to the city of the royals and history, London. London fashion pretty much follows their grey and rainy skies. It's unpredicable, so remember even when the forecast tells you it will be sunny all week, be prepared for rain anyway. 
Another tip: if it looks sunny outside, be bold! Bring out the summer dresses, hats, and sunglasses. 

 Vanessa Summer Dress ($44)

This Vanessa Dress is exactly what we're talking about! It's nice and cool for a summer day and flattering on any body shape. A simple cardigan would be the perfect thing to bring along with this dress in case the weather changes. You can find us wearing this dress to Buckingham palace to visit the Queen or to see Big Ben.  Another option might include a skirt and a top. These kinds of outfits are very easy to dress up or down for any occasion you may encounter. 

This baroque skirt will definitely fit the glamour of London. It reminds us of all the stained glass windows you could find in this historical city. Pair it with a simple top and a fun purse, and then you're ready to own London.  

Baroque Lace Skirt ($38)
Cassie Vneck Top ($32)
Quay Sunglasses

Still not getting the London vibe? Check these out:

Travel London Illustrated Art Print Rifle Paper Co: City Print-London ($36)

All Aboard Children's Book-London ($14) 

 

Do you have anymore London tips? Let us know in the comments!

Until next time, 

xoxo, 

Dress & Dwell

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Jet Set: California

Jet Set: California

West coast here we come! We're ready for all things warm and sunny with practically no humidity. California has so many different cities and towns that are known for something unique. From cities to farms, surf to snow, mountains to lakes, and volcanoes to deserts, this state has so much to offer. 

The most popular Californian destinations include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Napa Valley and San Diego.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Illustrated Art PrintRifle Paper Co: City Print- Los Angeles 

Los Angeles boasts scenic hiking trails, Hollywood, and near by Disneyland. What should you wear? Really anything. Californians aren't limited to one kind of style, they're pretty laid back. Denim and flip flops seem to be staple items among the community. 

The Nat Off Shoulder Midi Dress ($68)

We really love this casual denim dress. It checks off boxes of being cute, casual, and comfortable. The best part of this dress is that it's easy to pair with some flip flops or flats. Always bring a jacket, because when it gets dark, it also gets chilly.

 Napa Valley

Ahhh wine country. Can you say wine tasting? We can! Napa Valley is great because it is so different than big cities like Los Angeles. Napa Valley and Sanoma are known for their rolling hills, century old oak trees, and vineyards. Napa hosts 4.5 million visitors every year ready to experience the area. The vineyards are a perfect destination for honeymooners, girls weekends, and avid wine tasters. 

What to wear? During the summer, Napa Valley usually hits the 80s, so we reccommend some flowy dresses to compliment the rolling hills. 

Red Poppy Floral Maxi Dress ($58)

Maxis are the perfect wine tasting option. We love this Greecian style. The sleeves drape over your arms for an effortless romance. We love playing with pattens and colors that make the dress, but aren't too overwhelming. 

If you can't decide where to go in California, maybe look through this book, it seems pretty informative!

 All Aboard Children's Book- California ($14)

Until next time, 

xoxo,

Dress & Dwell

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Jet Set: Chicago

Jet Set: Chicago

Welcome to a new series we'll be doing all about summer travel! We'll be giving you tips all about what to wear and see at destinations all over the world. So grab your phone, some sunscreen, and comfortable shoes because here we go!

First on our stop we're going somewhere near by, but far enough to feel like you're in a whole new world. If you haven't guessed it, you didn't read the title. It's Chicago!
Chicago is only a 5 hour drive or a quick plane ride up north. Whether you're roadtripping it or not, it's always good to keep a journal of all that happens.

We love this one. You can also snap pictures and post them in here for more of a scrapbook feeling!

 Winks Personal Journal ($16.50)

Now what should you fill your journal with? Oh yeah! Here are some places in Chicago we love:

Wrigley Field

Chicago Illustrated Art Print Rifle Paper Co. City Print: Chicago ($36)

Wrigley Field is a great spot to relax with some friends or family and catch a baseball game. Not to mention, it's one of the older buildings in Chicago, so there's tons of history there! 

What to Wear

Summertime is probably the best season to go to Chicago- because you can wear whatever you want! Tempuratures usually range from 79°-84°, making outdoor activites like baseball very popular.

This outfit is our idea of a homerun. The cold shoulder top is light and comfortable, which makes it perfect for a game. Pair it with a jean skirt to add some structure to your outfit and finish off the look with these comforatble flats. Never forget to accessorize, dolls. Add a pop of team and home spirit with this ball cap. Only locals will know what 'SDF' means, right? The color is all that matters, but it is a sneaky way to give homage to Louisville. Add this crossbody purse to carry goodies and your wallet in, but don't forget to add some sunglasses just in case you sit on the side where the sun is right in your face.  

All these goodies can be found here:

Striped Cold Shoulder Top- Ivory
Edgy Fray Demin Skirt
Silvia White & Silver Sandal
Genesis Quay Australia Sunglasses
Gold Chain Shoulder Bag- Black
SDF Aviate Hat- Red

Millennium Park

Millennium Park is this huge park in Chicago that is great for summertime exploring. It's right on Lake Michigan, so the breezes will be fabulous for a wind-swept Instagram-worthy picture in front of the bean. 

What to Wear

 

In Chicago, you'll do a fair share of walking, so sticking to a comfortable pair of shoes is a good idea. These sandals are a great comfortable and stylish solution to this requirement. We love this romper for summer! It's very light weight and breezy, which is perfect for the windy city. To tie the outfit together, we suggest some light jewelry. These earrings add some glamour to the ensamble, so of course we love them!

Find these pieces here:

Earrings 
Cadrian Romper
Abby White & Gold Sandals

 

When you're in Millennium Park hit stops like the bean, the beautiful gardens, and water fountains. Hopefully, the weather is perfect for a few hours exploring!

Some other tips for traveling in Chicago are:

  • Always carry an umberella! Even if it's not raining, umberellas provide instant shade on a hot day.
  • Consider packing a sweater or cardigan. Even though most days are warm, you never know when a storm will arise and bring in cold air.
  • Layers are key! Think about how adding a layer can create a whole new look. 

That's all for now, happy traveling!

xoxo,

Dress & Dwell

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